Driver actively involved with military causes; will adorn truck at Charlotte Brad Keselowski couldn't have imagined a trip in 2008 to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, would still be affecting his life today. But then again, the young driver couldn't have predicted what he would hear, see or experience in that hospital either. "I went through there in the hospital and it damn near made me cry walking past all these other guys," Keselowski recalled. "At the time, I was 23. There were guys that looked like they weren't going to make it and they were my age. "I think that rattles you pretty hard, at least it did me." Less than a year later, another experience with a close friend left Keselowski shaken once more, but a bit more certain of his eventual calling. "I had a friend, a close friend, who I remember spending New Year's with in 2009," Keselowski said. "He got deployed two weeks later, was in the Middle East … and he got blown up within the first month or two. He came back and when I saw him, that's when I knew. "All these things, it felt like kind of karma or the universe was pushing me this direction. I'd say that's what got me to where I am. Once I started the events and spent time with these people, I could relate to them so well." With a nudge from the universe, Keselowski launched the Checkered Flag Foundation in 2010 -- a 501(c)(3) organization that helps support military personnel and hosts various events to raise funds and awareness. • • • His foundation was the reason Keselowski was standing in the middle of the upscale David Yurman jewelry store at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday night. Proceeds from the store's sales that evening benefited Charlotte Bridge Home, a local foundation that supports veterans and helps former military personnel ease the transition between service and their return home. "Tonight's event is about, one, having fun; two, raising attention; and three, helping to raise funds in the process for Charlotte Bridge foundation, which is a foundation that's dedicated in a very similar fashion (to the Checkered Flag Foundation) to help servicemen, servicewomen here locally in Charlotte … trying to find a home, trying to get back on their feet," Keselowski said, addressing the group on Tuesday night. "It's a cause that we're near and dear to as well, and we're glad and proud to help support them." The night's guests included foundation members, friends, NASCAR personnel and several veterans. One of the attendees was Charlotte Bridge Home's Veteran Outreach Specialist Tommy Rieman, a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient who Keselowski refers to as a "general badass." "The way ( Keselowski ) sets himself up above the other drivers by coming out and doing things like this, showing that he cares for veterans, he leads by example," said Rieman, whose military service was recognized by President George W. Bush during the 2007 State of the Union Address. "So every veteran appreciates him … You've just got to love a guy who puts on a NASCAR event at a fine jewelry store." Rieman met Keselowski during one of the ride-alongs that the driver often gave to military personnel in the Checkered Flag Foundation's infancy. Surrounded by spotless glass cases filled with sparkling gems, the pair engaged in a lengthy conversation on Tuesday as the night was winding down. Staying past the event's scheduled hours while working the room, Keselowski seemed to know a little about each of the foundation's members. "He's a veteran who was in the Vietnam Era," Keselowski said, pointing out the organization's founder Thomas Norman with whom he had just exchanged goodbyes. "He was (U.S. Army) Special Forces and for some reason, he got ranked up so quickly they wouldn't send him over because he was too important ... Feels like to me that there's some kind of feeling that maybe he needs to do something back. So he's done all kinds of different things. He started this (foundation) here I would say four years ago -- a lot of growth, right?" With the fame, fortune and stature that arrives with being a professional athlete, Keselowski shares a similar feeling of wanting to give back. "Sports in general is very decadent, it always has been," Keselowski said. "There's something to be said for that, as an escape. But those that live in the escape, I always feel like, maybe have a greater responsibility to do something outside of it. "I sit back and look at the Tom Brady situation from this weekend and how much noise that makes in the media landscape. Then you think of so many other significant things going on the world right now that get zero recognition. So in that sense, I feel like those of us that are fortunate enough to get that recognition -- for good or bad -- always have to spread it to other areas." This weekend, Keselowski's No. 29 Ford in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series featured Careers for Veterans on the hood in Friday night's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway , in which he finished fifth. For Keselowski , it's another way to raise awareness for the cause that speaks to him. "I read this really great quote -- I think it's from Kevin Spacey, the actor -- about how fortunate he was to ride the elevator up to where he is and how important it is to send the elevator back down," Keselowski said. "And I thought that was really inspiring. "I'm not curing cancer. I make a very good living doing something that's decadent. I couldn't look myself in the mirror every morning, especially as I get older, knowing that I rode the elevator to the top and didn't send it back down with something so decadent as driving a car. "I'm very fortunate to have rode the elevator up." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Team Penske driver on pit road penalty: 'I swung, we missed' RELATED: Full All-Star Race results CONCORD, N.C. -- Brad Keselowski borrowed a baseball analogy to describe his decision to push the envelope during the final intermission in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Rather than leave the bat on his shoulder in the ninth inning, Keselowski dug in deeper leaving pit road for the final time. That decision netted Keselowski a pivotal pit road speeding penalty just before the 10-lap final segment, sending the Team Penske No. 2 Ford to the back of the field and dooming his chances at his first All-Star victory. "Sorry, man. I just had to pull out all the stops to get that pit road spot," Keselowski told crew chief Paul Wolfe post-race, making an allusion to going down swinging shortly after rallying to a ninth-place finish. "… Probably not what you want to hear, but thanks for everything." Keselowski finished first in two of the four 25-lap preliminary segments, boosting his average finish to the top of the 20-car field and placing him first in the realigned running order before the mandatory four-tire pit stop. After coming in for service, Keselowski eased ahead of speedy Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch , pulling alongside eventual race winner Denny Hamlin at the exit of pit road. But instead of lining up second and on the front row for the final restart, Keselowski was demoted to the tail of the field. "I knew when I was coming out of the pit stall and the 11 (Hamlin) was pulling out with me, I either beat him to that line or lose the race," said Keselowski , twice a runner-up in the annual All-Star Race. "The penalty was I was three-tenths of a mile an hour over the speed limit, but I told my crew chief, I'd rather go down swinging than take a strike and wonder what might have been. I swung, we missed." After a quick debrief, Wolfe shrugged off the penalty as a simple miscue, one he hoped the team could put behind it entering next Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), NASCAR's longest race. "Everyone at every position on the team, you've got to get all you can to win these races and I understand that," Wolfe said. "It's frustrating. Would've liked to have a shot from the front row. It's one thing not to come back out with the lead after we came in with the lead, but then to have to go all the way to the rear and not ever have a shot at it, it's frustrating. Just trying to get all you can, and it's a mistake. We all make mistakes and all we can do is try to learn from it, and hopefully we can come back next week and be a little better." A large part of Keselowski's motivation was to gather the all-important clean air out front, a precious commodity at an especially finicky track under the current NASCAR rules setup. Keselowski said the aero package could be less of a factor in next week's 600-miler, a race known for its long green-flag stretches. But on Saturday night in a segmented All-Star show, clean air was the ultimate trump card, possibly one worth speeding for. "Whoever gets the clean air with this format and this rules package is going to drive away," Keselowski said. "We've seen that the last three years and with this particular car, it's probably even more so. I thought the 4 (Harvick) and 41 (Busch) were probably two or three tenths faster than everybody, but without clean air, it doesn't matter." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
2012 Sprint Cup champion reacts to Kevin Harvick's comments RELATED: Kevin Harvick stumps for schedule overhaul Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick had a strong take on the Sprint Cup Series schedule during his media availability Friday at Talladega Superspeedway . The Stewart-Haas Racing driver said the 36-race lineup "needs to be mixed up" and "in my opinion the most stagnant thing in our sport is our schedule and our venues that we go to." Another Sprint Cup Series champion had a different take. Brad Keselowski , who once wrote a blog about his dream NASCAR schedule, reacted via Twitter later Friday afternoon. His thoughts: Interesting to see nascar schedule change topic come up again. Seems like we go through this every year about this time... — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 @ keselowski because EVERYONE wants more short tracks......we just had Martinsville, Bristol and Richmond....thats what we want to see!! — JoeyPletka (@JoeyPletka) May 1, 2015 Me too. But what everyone wants and what everyone is willing to pay for are two different things. https://t.co/1dUeR0PRjB — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 Even though most drivers and fans would say they prefer short tracks, almost all local short tracks are struggling to stay in business. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 Idk why- No denying that when nascar added 1.5 tracks in late 90's it grew tremendously. Despite the outcry for 1.5. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 A major schedule change for Nascar isn't a "common win" because tracks would lose $ It won't happen in the short term or maybe even ever. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015 IMHO- We need to find "common wins" to grow Motorsports These Must benefit fans, tracks, teams, sponsors nascar and all other stakeholders. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) May 1, 2015
Kevin Harvick finishes second for eighth straight top-two finish RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings FONTANA, Calif. -- After Sunday's Auto Club 400 , there may be a warrant issued for Brad Keselowski . After all, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford committed his own version of "Grand Theft Auto" at Auto Club Speedway -- he stole an entire race. Benefitting from a four-tire call on the last lap of regulation and two opportune cautions that extended the event nine laps beyond its scheduled distance, Keselowski passed polesitter Kurt Busch on the final lap (209) and pulled away to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. Trying to make one last desperation run at Keselowski , Busch scraped the wall in the final corner at the two-mile track, allowing Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick to pass him for the runner-up spot. Keselowski arrived at the finish line .711 seconds ahead of Harvick, simultaneously taking the checkered flag and leading his first lap of the day. The 2012 champion, who led the series with six victories last year, recorded his first victory at Fontana -- and his first finish higher than 18th -- and the 17th of his career. "At the end, we caught some breaks, made the most of the breaks we caught," Keselowski said. "That was kind of the story of our race. It looked like we were probably going to finish sixth or seventh. That yellow came out (on Lap 185 for debris). We came in and pitted and drove up a little bit, then caught another yellow. Now what do we do? "So (crew chief) Paul (Wolfe) made the call to come down pit road and put four tires on. When he said that, I said, 'This can either go really good or really bad.' Didn't know which one it was going to be. Some guys stayed out, some guys took two tires, all different types of strategies on the restart. "We were able to find our way through the lanes and get to the front there, somehow end up in Victory Lane leading the last lap. Kind of a race car driver's dream. This is one we're going to sit back and go 'Wow!' for a while." Keselowski can call it a break, but it was theft, pure and simple. Aside from a stretch before the halfway point where Denny Hamlin got out front in clean air and led 56 laps, the cars of Busch and Harvick dominated the race, leading 65 and 34 laps, respectively. But Keselowski ’s Wolfe made what turned out to be the winning call on Lap 200, after NASCAR called the sixth caution of the race because of debris in Turn 4. Opting for four new tires, where the vast majority of the field took right sides only for track position, Keselowski restarted 18th on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish on Lap 203. The No. 2 Fusion quickly moved forward. When Kyle Larson lost his bumper cover during a melee on the restart, NASCAR threw caution No. 7, and by then, Keselowski was already up to seventh place. Using the new tires to full advantage, Keselowski shot into second place like a lightning bolt after a green-white-checkered restart on Lap 208. As Greg Biffle crashed on the frontstretch on the white-flag lap, Keselowski rocketed past Busch off Turn 2 and pulled away for the win. Busch came home third, followed by Richard Childress Racing teammates Paul Menard and Ryan Newman . Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Joey Logano , Martin Truex Jr ., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon completed the top 10. Having won at Las Vegas and Phoenix in the previous two races, Harvick fell one position shy of completing a sweep of NASCAR's three-race West Coast swing, but he could commiserate with Busch, who was trying to win for the first time this season after serving a three-race suspension. "I hate that the 41 (Busch) wasn't able to hold on for the win there," said Harvick, who posted his eighth straight top-two finish, dating to last year, and extended his series lead over Logano to 28 points. "I would have loved to see those guys get their first win. "But you never know how the strategy is going to play out here. There's so many cars on the lead lap, you didn't want to get buried in there (by taking four tires). One little bad move for Brad , he would have been stuck in the middle of that traffic. But it all worked out for him. The second restart, he was in prime position up on the outside with fresh tires." Busch was disappointed but philosophical about the result. "It was a solid day," Busch said. "I don't know what we could have done different. We just got pinned in by the yellows and the sequence at the end on which tires we needed to have to optimize how many laps were left. "We had two tires; Keselowski had four. We didn't need that extra yellow at the end. That last restart, I just didn't get the job done, and I just got out muscled by Keselowski ." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today All-time consecutive top-two finishes Streak Driver Year 11 Richard Petty 1975 10 Richard Petty 1971 10 Richard Petty 1967 9 Richard Petty 1964 8 Kevin Harvick 2014-15 8 David Pearson 1968
A stats-based preview for Sunday's race (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2015) -- Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware going into the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks on May 31 (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). Greg Biffle (No. 16 Safety-Kleen Ford) · Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.7 · Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 97.4, fifth-best · 435 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 833 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.050 mph, fifth-fastest · 5,555 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4%), sixth-most · 517 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most Clint Bowyer (No. AAA Insurance Toyota) · Two top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 11.9 · Average Running Position of 12.2, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 92.5, eighth-best · 203 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most · 762 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.979 mph, eighth-fastest · 5,335 Laps in the Top 15 (74.1%), seventh-most · 434 Quality Passes, seventh-most Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · One win, six top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 18.2 · Average Running Position of 13.4, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 91.0, 10th-best · 297 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 861 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.859 mph, 10th-fastest · 4,712 Laps in the Top 15 (58.9%), 10th-most · 437 Quality Passes, sixth-most Kyle Busch (No. 18 Skittles Toyota) · Two wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 14.2 · Average Running Position of 11.5, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 105.5, third-best · 424 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.300 mph, third-fastest · 6,096 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fourth-most · 507 Quality Passes, fifth-most Carl Edwards (No. 19 Stanley Toyota) · One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 10.2 · Average Running Position of 11.0, third-best · Driver Rating of 99.2, fourth-best · 499 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · 838 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.043 mph, sixth-fastest · 5,574 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), fifth-most · 552 Quality Passes, second-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet) · Five wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 11.4 · Average Running Position of 11.6, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 96.5, sixth-best · 362 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 818 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.169 mph, fourth-fastest · 6,214 Laps in the Top 15 (77.6%), third-most · Series-high 555 Quality Passes Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet) · Nine wins, 14 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 8.2 · Series-best Average Running Position of 6.5 · Series-best Driver Rating of 122.3 · Series-high 1,106 Fastest Laps Run · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.673 mph · Series-high 7,061 Laps in the Top 15 (88.2%) · 420 Quality Passes, eighth-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Two wins, 15 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.8 · Average Running Position of 8.7, second-best · Driver Rating of 108.3, second-best · 471 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 762 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.394 mph, second-fastest · 6,624 Laps in the Top 15 (82.8%), second-most · 541 Quality Passes, third-most Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · One win, four top fives, four top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.2 · Average Running Position of 12.6, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 92.1, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.870 mph, ninth-fastest Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top 10 · Average finish of 8.5 · Average Running Position of 11.3, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 93.0, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 144.030 mph, seventh-fastest Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Three wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 13.4 · Average Running Position of 12.8, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 88.2, 12th-best · 770 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · 5,202 Laps in the Top 15 (65.0%), eighth-most · 400 Quality Passes, 11th-most Martin Truex Jr . (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · One win, one top five, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.8 · Average Running Position of 15.0, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best · 252 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 143.752 mph, 11th-fastest · 4,388 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), 11th-most · 411 Quality Passes, 10th-most The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Dover International Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 28 1 0 3 12 1 15.2 86.5 2 Martin Truex Jr . 18 2 1 1 8 2 15.8 89.1 3 Joey Logano 12 0 0 3 8 1 13.8 82.6 4 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 30 1 1 6 11 1 16.2 81.9 5 Jimmie Johnson 26 3 9 14 19 2 8.2 122.3 6 Brad Keselowski 10 1 1 4 4 0 13.2 92.1 7 Matt Kenseth 32 1 2 15 21 5 12.8 108.3 8 Jamie McMurray 24 0 0 1 5 0 18.3 78.0 9 Jeff Gordon 44 4 5 18 25 5 11.4 96.5 10 Kasey Kahne 22 0 0 1 5 6 20.9 80.9 11 Ryan Newman 26 4 3 6 13 2 13.4 88.2 12 Aric Almirola 6 0 0 0 1 0 17.5 73.7 13 Paul Menard 15 0 0 0 2 0 19.1 67.0 14 Kurt Busch 29 0 1 6 8 6 18.2 91.0 15 Denny Hamlin 18 2 0 3 6 3 19.2 84.2 16 Carl Edwards 21 0 1 8 12 0 10.2 99.2 * – Based on last 20 races at Dover International Speedway . Dover International Speedway Data Season Race #: 13 of 36 (05-31-15) Track Size : 1-mile Banking/Turn 1 & 2 : 24 degrees Banking/Turn 3 & 4 : 24 degrees Banking/Frontstretch : 9 degree Banking/Backstretch : 9 degree Frontstretch Length : 1,076 feet Backstretch Length : 1,076 feet Race Length : 400 laps / 400 miles Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover Jimmie Johnson ........................ 122.3 Matt Kenseth ............................. 108.3 Kyle Busch ............................... 105.5 Carl Edwards .............................. 99.2 Greg Biffle . ................................. 97.4 Jeff Gordon ................................ 96.5 Kyle Larson ................................ 93.0 Clint Bowyer ............................... 92.5 Brad Keselowski ......................... 92.1 Kurt Busch . ................................. 91.0 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway. Qualifying/Race Data 2014 pole winner : Brad Keselowski , Ford 164.444 mph, 21.892 secs. 05-30-14 2014 race winner : Jimmie Johnson , Chevrolet 117.724 mph, (03:23:52), 06-01-14 Track qualifying record: Brad Keselowski , Ford 164.444 mph, 21.892 secs. 05-30-14 Track race record: Mark Martin , Ford 132.719 mph, (03:00:50), 09-21-97 Dover International Speedway : History · The official opening of Dover International Speedway , then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969. · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty. · The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971. · The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995. · The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997. · The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002. Notebook · There have been 90 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway , one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971. · 381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway ; 278 in more than one. · Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 32. · David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph. · 39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each. · Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974. · Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013). · Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days). · Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days). · 34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway , led by Jimmie Johnson with nine wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014). · 12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway , including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep). · Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days). · Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days). · Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jimmie Johnson (nine), Jeff Gordon (five), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one). · Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 36 victories; followed by Ford with 25. · 13 of the 90 (14.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010. · The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway . · 28 of the 90 (31.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place. · 71 of the 90 (78.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position. · Five of the 90 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recently: Tony Stewart , spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position) · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995. · Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four. · Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 18. · Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 25. · Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.654. · Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.154. · 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances. · Among the 12 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win. · Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 28. · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second. · There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404). · Not one of the 90 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions. · Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011. · Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway : Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06). · Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway : Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991). · One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway : Martin Truex Jr . (06/04/07). · Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,976 laps led in 26 starts. · If Jimmie Johnson leads 24 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International
Teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski make contact bringing out the caution flag early in the running at Bristol Motor Speedway.
2012 Sprint Cup champion optimistic about remaining Speedweeks slate Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge MORE: Full Sprint Unlimited results DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Brad Keselowski didn't get much chance to test out his Team Penske No. 2 Ford in race trim in Saturday night's season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition. After just 23 laps, Keselowski's car skidded to a halt in a mangled heap, leaving him with a last-place finish in the invitational 25-car field at Daytona International Speedway. RELATED: See the best photos from Saturday's race According to the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ, there wasn't much to see. "The wall," Keselowski said, regarding his line of sight. "I don't know. I really need to see a replay to give an honest answer. The car is tore up so we are out but it was fast, so that was good." The first melee of the 75-lapper was sparked by a collision between Kyle Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet and Keselowski's No. 2 in the short chute before the start-finish line. Though Larson, last year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year, was able to continue, Keselowski's car shuffled down into the trioval grass before making hard contact with the outside wall. "Sorry, man. Larson came up on me," Keselowski radioed to his crew, before making the mandatory trip to the infield care center. Keselowski was uninjured, evaluated and released. Though his stint in the race was a short one, Keselowski gave a thumbs-up to how his car felt in race conditions. "Well, there wasn't much different about this package," he said. "It is more the intermediate and short track stuff but I thought it was good. It was pretty racey out there." Lead some laps and then wrecked; that's how plate racin goes... Happy and proud of my guys for the fast car. Time to focus on #DAYTONA500 — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) February 15, 2015 Keselowski hit the showers early for a 25th-place finish, well before the non-points race drew to a close. But though he was resigned to his Saturday night fate, he said he's optimistic for the balance of the schedule, which culminates in the Feb. 22 Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). "It's part of racing at Daytona," said Keselowski , who led two laps after starting fourth. "Really happy with the speed of the Miller Lite Ford. We've got a lot of racing left in Speedweeks, this is just a preliminary and we'll be ready to go when it counts in the 500." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Reddick to wheel No. 19 truck full-time; Theriault added to No. 29 team lineup Brad Keselowski Racing made its driver lineup complete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015, announcing the return of Tyler Reddick and the addition of Austin Theriault. BKR will continue to field two Ford entries for the full 23-race schedule. Reddick, who drove for the team in 16 races last year, will wheel the No. 19 on a full-time basis in 2015. Driving duties for the team's No. 29 Ford will be divided between driver/owner Keselowski ; his Sprint Cup Series teammate, Joey Logano ; Ryan Blaney , last year's series runner-up; and truck series newcomer Theriault, who is scheduled for a 13-race slate next year. The organization also announced that Doug Randolph (No. 19) and Chad Kendrick (No. 29) would return as the team's crew chief. Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance will share primary sponsorship of the No. 19 Ford, and Cooper Standard will return as primary backer of the No. 29 team. Reddick, who turned 19 years old Sunday, netted two pole positions and three top-five finishes in his partial schedule for BKR last season. Both poles and two of the top-fives came in the final five races of 2014. "The way we closed out the 2014 season was quite a statement for us as a team," Reddick said in a release provided by the team. "We were able to do some really good things toward the end of the year. It was a great way to end the season and keep the momentum rolling into 2015 as we compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. It's great to work with everyone at Cequent and Broken Bow Records again this coming season. I can't wait to get started." Theriault, 20, made his NASCAR national series debut last year, running three races for JR Motorsports in what is now the XFINITY Series. The Maine native spent 2012 and 2013 with the Keselowski team's driver development program in Super Late Model competition. "One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity," Keselowski said. "Both Tyler and Austin are perfect examples of what I'm trying to accomplish. We saw a lot of improvement with Tyler in 2014. He really stepped up his game during the second half of the season and I certainly think he can compete for wins and challenge for a championship in 2015. Austin was part of our driver development program so for him to have an opportunity to drive for us in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is pretty special." Team owner Keselowski won his first career Camping World Truck Series race last season at Bristol. It was his first win in the series in 62 starts. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Busch reacts to a blog that Brad Keselowski wrote about the relationship between the two drivers in March.
Team Penske driver: 'All drivers responsibility to take safety seriously' Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Safety has been a hot topic in the opening weeks of the NASCAR national series season with Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon both involved in wrecks in back-to-back weeks at spots on tracks without a SAFER barrier. Busch's wreck in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway left him sidelined indefinitely with a compound fracture of the right lower leg and a left mid-foot fracture, while Gordon was just done for the day at the Atlanta Motor Speedway . With all that going on, Brad Keselowski , the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, took to Twitter to offer some of his thoughts on the subject of safety. Racing safety has it complacency until someone significant dies in our era @nateryan @alo_oficial — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) March 3, 2015 Safety in racing is a tough subject. Racing is dangerous and always will be. I accept my own risk every week. But that doesn't mean being — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) March 3, 2015 As a professional in an entertainment sport, it is all drivers responsibility to take safety seriously as our decisions transcend our level. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) March 3, 2015 Simple safety measures like the HANS device have saved lives at the lower levels and they are made possible by the works of those at the top — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) March 3, 2015 So much to say about safety vs risk in racing and too few characters to use. — Brad Keselowski (@ keselowski ) March 3, 2015 Tracks have been taking extra precaution and making safety enhancements in recent weeks, with Daytona announcing it would ring the entire track with SAFER barrier. Atlanta also made some safety enhancements before last week's race. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said in a video interview with NASCAR.com on Monday ( that you can watch here ) that there is "no greater priority" for the sanctioning body and its affiliated tracks than the expanded use of impact-absorbing protective barriers. "I think from our perspective, no different than Daytona," O'Donnell said. "We said that there's no greater priority for NASCAR in working with the tracks to have SAFER everywhere. In terms of where it makes sense, obviously there's some challenges with different gates where you've got to look at some other technologies, but for us, the process is in place for short-term plans where we've worked with Atlanta and the upcoming West Coast tracks, and longer-term, implementing the SAFER barriers as quickly as we can." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today